Beijing, Water Cube

There is no doubt that Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge were well below their best today, finishing last of the eight pairs in the 10m synchronised diving final.

It was frustrating because their aerial work and synchronisation was fantastic but they were both off with their entries into the water. You saw the Chinese and Russian pairs going in with hardly any splash, while our boys weren't upright and throwing up lots of splash. That meant they were penalised heavily by the judges and they were quite a way off the pace in the end.

Nerves played their part. It's a big occasion and Tom and Blake are at their first Olympics. The other teams in the final had a lot more experience and that shone through.

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There has been a massive amount of attention on Tom but I don't think that had any influence on the way he performed today. In the past few days, the team around him - including me as his mentor - have tried to protect him. In fact, I ended up doing a lot of interviews for the media so he didn't have to.

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I am a bit surprised that Blake has now been quoted saying some harsh words about Tom, but in the heat of the moment, people say funny things. Synchronised diving is a partnership and the last thing you need to do is apportion blame.

I've spoken to them both and they're fine - they're definitely still speaking! The important thing for them now is that they regroup and learn the lessons.


The simple fact is that it was always a huge ask for them to get a medal. It was a really tough field and a massive occasion. Don't get me wrong, I'm desperately disappointed for them. I was hoping for a bronze. They had an outside chance if people were making mistakes and if they performed at their best - but they didn't.

That performance today - disappointing as it was - means that there will be more realism from the media and the public when it comes to Tom. When it comes to the individual event, he can now relax, enjoy it and find his flow. There is no pressure on him whatsoever, and that's exactly what I'll be telling him.

Individual qualifying is not until Friday 22 August, with the final the next day, so Tom will now have a few days to take it easy and I've told him to try to catch some of the other events. Pete Waterfield, who's also in the individual, is actually going back to the GB training camp in Macau. Sometimes, being in the Olympic village can become a bit samey and you need to go away and freshen up if your event's right at the end.

But Tom's opted to stay in the village because he wants to be close to his family so they'll probably go off and do some sight-seeing together, before knuckling down for the individual about a week before.

I don't think today's experience will have anything but a positive effect on him. It was by no means a disaster and he has said all along that this Olympics was about gaining experience - which is exactly what he now has.

What pushes you back makes you stronger. There was no fairytale today but there will be one in the future.

Leon Taylor won silver in synchronised diving at the 2004 Olympics and was hoping to compete at the Beijing Games but was forced to retire through injury. He has been acting as a mentor for teenage Olympic diver Tom Daley. His previous diary entries are on 606. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have.


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  • 1. At 3:08pm on 11 Aug 2008, howitreallyis wrote:

    Well done to Tom for making it there in the first place which is an incredible achievement. I'm sure he'll be back in four years time and improve on 8th place but for now good luck to him in the individual event.

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  • 2. At 3:17pm on 11 Aug 2008, fairweathersailer wrote:

    Blake Aldridge needs to learn the meaning of the word "team". What a revolting way to talk about your partner in public, ungracious in the extreme.

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  • 3. At 3:22pm on 11 Aug 2008, Ryushinku wrote:

    Yes, any comment on Blake's rather ungenerous remarks about Daley, Leon?

    Very cheap and unwarrented of him.

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  • 4. At 3:32pm on 11 Aug 2008, Sneil wrote:

    I am really not surprised Blake Aldridge feels a little put out.

    Daley gets all the attention, and then stuffs up four of his six dives. While taking a few moments to have a pop at Aldridge in between dives.

    Perhaps "our Tom" should have done less media interviews and more training?

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  • 5. At 3:33pm on 11 Aug 2008, Redman wrote:

    Blake is probably bitter about Tom getting all the attention. This was after all a team event, although the build up from the BBC on Tom and everyone else in the media has been completely over the top.

    Hopefully the result today might lessen some of the hype surrounding Tom and let him get on with his diving.

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  • 6. At 3:47pm on 11 Aug 2008, PETERHUANG3 wrote:

    come on Tom!!!!

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  • 7. At 3:49pm on 11 Aug 2008, sophiecymru wrote:

    I think it is very unprofessional of Aldridge to say what he said about Tom - who, at the end of the day, is 10 years younger than him! Of course Tom was nervous - everyone was expecting him to produce a miracle and it seems like Aldridge was evidently expecting him to as well. He should stop being jealous of Tom, and have a bit of team spirit!!

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  • 8. At 3:56pm on 11 Aug 2008, orangejapakita wrote:

    Blake should learn there is no I in TEAM. What a disgraceful way to behave, at least Tom has more dignity and courage and he is 10 years younger. Defeat is part and parcel of the game and he needs to learn to deal with it himself and not blame everyone else. I do hope Tom finds a more respectful partner for the 2012 games.

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  • 9. At 3:57pm on 11 Aug 2008, Sirwonderbairn wrote:

    I don't think it matters whoes fault it was, you don't come out and blame your partner in the public domain.

    Just shows a lack of class in my opinion.

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  • 10. At 3:58pm on 11 Aug 2008, leadieri wrote:

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  • 11. At 3:59pm on 11 Aug 2008, BHP wrote:

    I was also disappointed in Blake's comments. I watched their diving and it was not blindingly obvious to me that all the fault lay with the younger competitor! I actually thought they both did well in an incredibly difficult sport.

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  • 12. At 4:01pm on 11 Aug 2008, Pbowden74 wrote:

    Wow not sure who I am more ashamed of Tom's so called team mate ... would he have passed all the praise to him if they had won gold I doubt it.

    Or the member that has a pop at 14 yo who has made it to the olympics for doing tv interviews... Not sure that was actually his choice more a duty that he had to do as part of the team.

    What is wrong with this country when we turn so quick on a kid for ok no winning but hey least he is there rather than sat on the sofa in front of a video game joint the line of fat kids like most this summer holiday!!

    well done both Tom and Blake for making the olympics and good luck in the individual comp!!

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  • 13. At 4:04pm on 11 Aug 2008, Sariel59 wrote:

    Which one is the adult? He should try behaving like one! One point though. I thought this was the synchronised diving, so why, when their synchronisation was so good were all their marks so low? The judging seemed rather suspect, I feel.

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  • 14. At 4:05pm on 11 Aug 2008, absolutetruth11 wrote:

    The comments from Aldridge regarding 14 yr old Tom Daley are shameful.

    To be actually publically trying to blame him is despicable. Surely if he had something to say he would do it in the team de-brief.

    Not exactly a team player this chap is he.

    Tom....ignore this idiot. Hold your head high and you will I'm sure enjoy future successes...without him!

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  • 15. At 4:11pm on 11 Aug 2008, lee fett wrote:

    From what I saw Daley's dives created a lot less splash than Aldridges. I don't know who you blame for them not being synchronised but at least his seemed to be executed better although not perfectly. To be honest I don't see what the big deal is anyway? Not exactly that much of an issue that they finished 8th instead of the expected 6th place they were hoping for. As for hoping to sneak a medal the other teams were all clearly more skilled, a point proved perfectly by the fact they were all attempting more difficult dives than the British pair so a medal was always going to be out of the question.

    I'm hoping Aldridge has been misquoted because it seems very unfair to be having a pop at Daley over today's performance. If he's got so much quality why hasn't be been entered into the individual competitions like Daley has?!? I think the splash's on almost every dive this morning tell the story of just how good Aldridge is...

    Good luck in the individual event Tom, clearly you're better off on your own if this is the way one of your so-called team mates reacts!

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  • 16. At 4:14pm on 11 Aug 2008, deleted wrote:

    Very unprofessional of Aldridge to say what he did.

    Well done Tom on getting there.

    In four years time you will be winning Gold - Aldridge will be watching.

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  • 17. At 4:22pm on 11 Aug 2008, Dutchcloggie wrote:

    Wow! That is a low blow from Blake. Even if he is right, he should do that in private.

    Mind you, Daley has not always displayed team spirit either when talking about "Me, me, me" instead of "us, us, us". But he is still a kid.

    Tom should not have commented on the phone call. We all concentrate in a different way. I like chatting to people before my matches, other team mates sit in silence to concentrate. Each to their own.

    Somebody please tell me though: this is not the first time they have fallen out. Why are they put in a team together when they are clearly not connecting well. Is there really no other diver for each of them to hook up with?

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  • 18. At 4:25pm on 11 Aug 2008, jamesgs_bcfc wrote:

    It is just the way things work. It would have been some kind of miracle for them to win a medal at the first attempt. Both will come back stronger next time, and hopefully bring home a medal (and it would not be too far!)

    To Leadieri,

    You seem to have been brainwashed by the PC brigade. I see nothing wrong with it, he is a sportsman, and should expect to be photographed. Are you as concerned about the gymnasts?

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  • 19. At 4:29pm on 11 Aug 2008, robineboue wrote:

    what was actually said

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  • 20. At 4:29pm on 11 Aug 2008, leadieri wrote:

    #18 Never been accused of being PC before - that's a first for me.
    I just think it's a bit odd that he's received SO much press and wonder whether he would have had the same had he been participating in a sport that required clothing...

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  • 21. At 4:30pm on 11 Aug 2008, therealshonny wrote:

    The lad is just 14 and has got to the Olympics, a spectacular achievement,

    I am sure he will be an Olympic medal winner, if not this year, then most certainly at the next.

    Well done to both of them,

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  • 22. At 4:30pm on 11 Aug 2008, RustyChapel wrote:

    Blake's comments seem very harsh on Tom. They were outside medal hopes at best and frankly, given their lack of the big tariff dives, they were only ever going to get a medal if everyone else messed up.

    Without the big tariff dives they were always going to struggle but Tom will get better and better and will one day eat those big dives. Blake, however, has failed several times to get into the individual event, has perhaps one or two more Olympics at best within him, and I think there is a bit of jealousy there.

    From my untrained eye I thought that they both messed up their entries into the water on all of the optional dives. They were very synchronised in the air and I was a bit disappointed that they did not score higher on that but the entries are all important in diving.

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  • 23. At 4:30pm on 11 Aug 2008, Carole wrote:

    Blake and Tom were fantastic. It was a v v tight competition. Far too tight, in my opinion. Must have been a TERRIBLE strain on all. Got up especially to see them, but Rebecca Adlington's gold competition was mega exciting so it was worth it!! Well done boys (shame) and girls!

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  • 24. At 4:33pm on 11 Aug 2008, steve9859 wrote:

    What Blake said was not right. However, leaving that aside, i dont think the quote would have got this attention had it been aimed at a 24 year old partner, rather than a 14 year old. The age shouldnt make any difference. Daley is an olympian, a top class sportsman, and he should be able to handle anything that is said to him in the context of his sport. Blake shouldnt be beaten up about what he said just because the subject of his comments was 14 years old. The same goes for the photos and other aspects of Tom Daley's exposure that people are complaining about. He has put himself out there, and shouldnt be treated differently to any other athlete

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  • 25. At 4:37pm on 11 Aug 2008, joe_woods wrote:

    Couple of points:

    Should we be sending athletes this young to the Olympics who may not be mature enough to handle the experience?

    According to recent reports, one of the reasons of their failure was some childish arguments about a phone call right before the dive! Surely maturer athletes are more likely to act professionally.

    Also, all I keep hearing is Daley on screen going on about the London 2012 games - if that was their main focus, again - perhaps we shouldn't have gone to the trouble of sending them to Beijing and let them stay in the UK until they're really ready to represent us.

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  • 26. At 4:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, howitreallyis wrote:

    You know it's headlines like 'Aldridge blames Daley for failure' that stokes the fire and heats it up.

    Aldrige didn't directly say, "It was Toms fault", he just explained what went wrong and explained why Tom was nervous which included the media. I do think his comments were a bit harsh, but I don't think a headline like that is appropriate.

    And did they really fail by reaching an Olympic final that they weren't expecting a medal in anyway, or was it that they 'under-achieved' perhaps?

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  • 27. At 4:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, Andrew Thomas wrote:

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  • 28. At 4:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, Irvy111 wrote:

    Mhh... so I watched part of the competition and while I do agree that they were not at their best, I do believe that Blake's entries were a lot worse then Tom's. I can't exactly understand why Blake is blaming Tom.

    It must be jealousy and with emotions running high, Blake must have made these comments. I am disappoined though that Blake, as a professional athlete thinks it is necessary to make such unprofessional remark about his diving partner, who is also 12 years younger than him. This is very sad and shows lack of class.

    Tom should not let himself influence by this and carry on as usual and focus on the individual event. He is fantastic and must not let this get to him.

    C'mon TOM!!!!

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  • 29. At 4:43pm on 11 Aug 2008, Bowler wrote:

    Too Bad So Sad!

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  • 30. At 4:46pm on 11 Aug 2008, lee fett wrote:

    I agree with a few of your comments steve9859, he is an Olympian and if he's going to put himself in the competition he has to be able to handle the pressure that goes with it and accept criticism when it doesn't all work out. However I think its harsh for the teammate to be one doing the criticising especially when he wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders either. Also Daley isn't the one saying how out of order Aldridge's comments are, I imagine he's taking the criticism like a grown up. Shame his teammate couldn't have acted in the same way and kept his own thoughts and comments out of the public domain.

    As for the person questioning whether the attention is because he's in swimming trunks all the time, are you suggesting the entire nation is intrigued by a 14-year old in his trunks? What kind of country do you think we live in? The same attention was flung on Wayne Rooney when he burst onto the scene at a young age and he plays a fully clothed sport so to answer your question the fact he's in his trunks has nothing to do with why there's an interest in him.

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  • 31. At 4:49pm on 11 Aug 2008, johnpheth wrote:

    I know it was wrong for Blake to come out and say what he said, but if there's an element of truth in that Tom was nervous due to all the pressure, surely we could all do him a favour and not make a big deal out of this? he's still got events coming up which he needs to focus on, and a media frenzy over a team 'scandal' isn't going to do him any good, especially at his age...

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  • 32. At 4:55pm on 11 Aug 2008, 1981suede wrote:

    andrewthomas10, are you being serious? That really is the most amusing post. You really should explain your thinking behind that post, because I don't wouldn't know where to start.

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  • 33. At 4:55pm on 11 Aug 2008, leadieri wrote:

    #30 so explain why this post is accompanied by a picture of him having a shower? A legitimate photo might be the one at the top in his track-suit or one of an actual dive, rather than the one used here.

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  • 34. At 4:56pm on 11 Aug 2008, plastic_paddy wrote:

    Oh come on, give the kid a break. He is only 14 years old. He did brilliantly just to get there and is a massive credit to his country. And of course his partner is a bit cheesed off - who wouldn't be? I am sure it was just a rush of blood to his head and a spur-of-the-moment thing - nothing more than that.
    In a funny way not winning has probably done the young fellow a favour - imagine the media hype if he had won a medal. Now at least perhaps he will get chance to grow up out of the media spotlight.
    Good luck to you son - you did your family and your country proud.

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  • 35. At 4:57pm on 11 Aug 2008, Dutchcloggie wrote:

    So now it is a bad thing to be nervous before the biggest event in your life...

    I don't think the media attention got to Tom. The Games got to him. That has happened to athletes of all ages in the past. How can you know someone is ready for the big event unless they are there, trying to perform? You only know you are ready when you are there. Then you'll find out. So maybe Tom wasn't ready. Fine. Now he knows what it takes to be in the Olympics. Next time he will no longer be so impressed by the whole thing.

    Give sports people the chance to learn or they will ever win anything.

    I find that many British people put too much pressure on your athletes. As if every single person who is at the games should win a medal or else they should not be there at all. Short sighted attitude that only makes athletes scared to under perform. They should perform the best they can, beat their personal bests. And if that is better than anyone else, then that's great. If not, then at least they were the best they could be at that moment. How can you ever ask more from someone?

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  • 36. At 5:00pm on 11 Aug 2008, 1981suede wrote:


    Perhaps because of the look of concern over his face? I really worry about some people. Are you insinuating that it's because he is wearing trunks only? I think you are a bit disturbed, I really do.

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  • 37. At 5:01pm on 11 Aug 2008, lee fett wrote:

    Perhaps because its been used to show their reactions after one of the dives? Or maybe because they're divers so in most of the pictures of them they're going to be in swimming trunks. If they'd used a picture of them doing one of their dives you'd have complained about that as well as again it would be him in his trunks so why suggest them using one of those shots? As someone else has already stated your comments seem overly-PC. And why not complain about the gymnasts when the majority of those are also under 16?

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  • 38. At 5:04pm on 11 Aug 2008, SudaNim wrote:

    I think Blake will come to regret making those remarks in a few weeks time, once they are all back home and Beijing is over with.

    I'm no diver (well actually I am, but just not off a board), but I think that the pair of them did well to qualify for the Olympics at all.

    Blake may well have a point, but I think he would have been better off keeping it between himself, Tom and their coach.

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  • 39. At 5:18pm on 11 Aug 2008, Fransisco wrote:

    Well done to Tom. It's a great experience for him and should stand him in good stead for the individual event. I think considering his age, he has done fantastically well and Leon was right to do some interviews on his behalf. The British press is really bad at grabbing on to any kind of sporting talent and need to learn to back off slightly.

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  • 40. At 5:19pm on 11 Aug 2008, Owler wrote:

    This guy Aldridge is a disgrace to his country. He needs to grow up and learn the meaning of loyalty.

    If he knew the young lad wasn't diving well then he should have been encouraging and talking to him not trying to call his mummy.

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  • 41. At 5:19pm on 11 Aug 2008, hakluytbean wrote:

    As the article reminds us they were only an outside medal chance, so it was hardly a huge disaster. They did pretty well really. On the subject of the comments I'm sure Tom's used to criticism, criticism is one of the things which makes an athlete stronger whereas sentimental sympathy probably isn't. I'm sure he wants to be respected as an athlete, not marvelled at as a cute teenager.

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  • 42. At 5:26pm on 11 Aug 2008, Peppyb wrote:

    What Aldridge said was unfair I understand he must be upset but they were jumping together so he can not blame his team mate. He is suppose to be the senior member but this has not come across in the interview and Tom come across as the better person by not rising to the insult. Who calls some one on their mobile when they are trying to win a medal? Tom had every right to be upset as he was distructing him as well when they should both be focused. It is a shame that when pressure is added that it should come to attacking a fellow member of the team I hope that aldridge next time releases that you should keep somethings to yourself and act with more grace and respect.

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  • 43. At 5:26pm on 11 Aug 2008, Big_Phills_Blue_Army wrote:

    Blake Aldridge is in his prime and wants to do well at the olympics but gets partnered with a 14 year old. Daley will one day have his olympics in his prime but right now it is Blake Aldridge`s turn. I feel sorry for him.

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  • 44. At 5:28pm on 11 Aug 2008, manincarpark wrote:

    Have to agree with Daley, I would be a bit miffed if during an Olympic event my partner decided to phone his Mum.

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  • 45. At 5:34pm on 11 Aug 2008, preppynunn wrote:

    I know nothing about diving but I am mightily impressed with the performance that both of them put in - 8th in the World is not mean feat at any sport (minority or not)

    However, I am shocked at the accusations of a lack of professional that have been levelled at a 14 year old kid by his partner - and who was the one on the phone to his mum?

    I can't imagine that Tennis doubles partners call their parents between sets or games - certainly my Rugby Coach would have had my guts if I called someone at half time, whether it was to have a professional catch up or a natter!

    Blake should be embarassed by what he has said (and I hope that he is)- yes, his Olympics are over and he can be disappointed that they didn't get a medal but to come out in such a public fashion and say something like that has no place in 'professional' sport (professional in attitude, not financial reward') - I hope he has had the good grace to apologise in private to the person whose opinion is the only one, ultimately, that matters - otherwise, a promising partnership is probably over

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  • 46. At 5:37pm on 11 Aug 2008, MagpieRH wrote:

    If both entries had been poor but identical, would they have been marked down?

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  • 47. At 5:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, adamholmgaard wrote:

    The media has once again killed talents.

    The overwhelming coverage with no doubt has turned into high pressure for Tom, rather than a boost.

    Anyone who is familiar with diving would know that European Champion is not of much value as the Chinese couldn't take part. The Chinese divers just simply outclass anyone else.

    But well, Tom is still very young.

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  • 48. At 5:44pm on 11 Aug 2008, Nogbar wrote:

    After reading the article and Blakes comments I really think it's been blown out of proportion.

    Blake simply states that Tom didn't dive very well, and he is correct.

    The media attention on Tom has been riduculous, he's a fourteen year old kid jumping into some water, what's all the fuss about???

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  • 49. At 5:47pm on 11 Aug 2008, eric the mighty wrote:

    Just abysmal comments, certainly no way for an elder sportsman to talk about his very young "team-mate".

    Even if you do it in private, you should present a united front in public, for the sake of good sportsmanship.

    This young kid was obviously good enough to be considered a credible partner, they must have had some training together.

    So nerves got the better of the fourteen year old at his first olympics.

    And yes, the kid was right about the mobile phone. Keeping focus is important.

    Just a total lack of class. Aldridge should be ashamed of himself.

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  • 50. At 5:51pm on 11 Aug 2008, happysportsman wrote:

    Diving is far from my speciality, but I know a big splash is not good and blake made several. I would understand if blake THOUGHT he was let down if he had performed at his best but he didn't. then for him to blame his team mate is embarrassing, regardless of old he is. Age is not an issue, tom must of been there on merit, if someone else was better then they would have been there and blake would be in the process of blaming them. instead it was tom who got the cheap shot. way to go blake on the motivation! you are older so act like it, take it on the chin, regardless of how you feel. Tom will be dissapointed so the last thing he needs is his team mates criticism.

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  • 51. At 5:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, Londonrugbyboy wrote:


    Let's go easy on Tom Daley! He's only 14 years old and, if left alone, has a great future ahead of him. He doesn't need nor deserve a character-assassination by either the media or us - the public. It's a remarkable achievement that he is competing in the 2008 Olympics, but his time will hopefully come in 2012 in his home nation! I'll be rooting for him all the way.

    I agree with the views expressed that Blake Aldridge's comments on Tom Daley are at best unfortunate! I suspect this may be due to him reacting against all the media hype of recent days.

    So, a message to both the media and us - the public. Leave both of them alone! I'd chew my right arm off to compete at the Olympics, and the very fact that they are both there at all is an achievement in itself.

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  • 52. At 5:58pm on 11 Aug 2008, gregityke wrote:

    i m afraid blake theres no i in team

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  • 53. At 5:58pm on 11 Aug 2008, BulletMonkey wrote:

    Daley was given the media spotlight but didn't hold up his end of the bargain. Aldridge has every right to be annoyed. The only reason anyone's criticising him (though I agree he should have been more gracious in defeat) is because Daley is 14 - a huge hypocrisy, considering that he's considered viable to compete in the games at his age in the first place.

    It can't be both ways. Either Daley is to be treated the same as adult athletes, downs and all, or he is to be considered a minor and not allowed into the event.

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  • 54. At 6:00pm on 11 Aug 2008, ACloudGuy wrote:

    i'm a little fan of Daley from China
    it's so difficult for me to sign in BBC's website

    Daley recieved so many attention from the media in China.
    I think Aldridge's blame has no malice at all. He really need to treat these well and be concentrate on his competition.
    I believe that his teamates and coath will help him.

    come on Daley,
    we Chinese fans will always love you.

    so poor my english is
    - -|||

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  • 55. At 6:12pm on 11 Aug 2008, lma1268 wrote:

    Bloody hell, the lad's only 14 and he gets lambasted by his 'team mate' in his first Olympics. Tom, go solo, and leave your mate in your wake, you're better off without him...

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  • 56. At 6:19pm on 11 Aug 2008, Swanjet wrote:

    Quite immature and unfair comments by Aldridge. Tom Daley is twelve years younger than him and by the seem of things can handle the pressure far better than his older team mate. Was this dummy spitting display born of jealousy and a spot of sore losing?

    In my opinion Tom was quite right in questioning Aldridge's decision to have a phonecall with his mum, when he should have been focusing on the next round. It seemed that whilst he made mistakes in his diving, he is young and is still learning his trade, some of this may of been due to his indignation at his team mate's lack of respect and consideration for him during a highly pressured competition. Okay, so Aldridge may have wanted to talk to his family, but did he not think how that may have affected Tom's concentration?

    Good luck to Tom in the individuals and if Aldridge is also competing, then I hope Tom beats him!

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  • 57. At 6:22pm on 11 Aug 2008, Saffavescent wrote:

    #54 - ACloudGuy - your English is fine (much better than my Mandarin!) and it's great to see you can access this site from China.

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  • 58. At 6:24pm on 11 Aug 2008, Liz-by-the-Sea wrote:

    I thought the strapline on the TV strand was deliberately contentious. But Blake Aldridge has behaved badly by speaking out like that. This is for Archer's fans - Brian is always behaving badly, perhaps they're related!

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  • 59. At 6:28pm on 11 Aug 2008, adammirfin929 wrote:

    What makes Aldridges comments about Toms performence today, is that Tom dived better then Aldridge for most of the competition... ?

    Very poor sportmenship, and i hope Tom goes on to win a medal, so he knows he dosn't need Blake.

    Good Luck for 2012 :)

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  • 60. At 6:30pm on 11 Aug 2008, Stokey Sue wrote:

    I haven't heard Aldridge's comments

    They said all along that they were surprised to qualify and were delighted to be there for the experience - if they had really aimed for a medal, even bronze, surely they wouldn't have selected dives with a lower degree of difficulty than anyone else?

    They certainly didn't disgrace themselves - they could be a mite unlucky that theColumbians chose today to suddenly improve - otherwise they might not have come last

    However, they have done well. And if they are still talking to each other, as Leon says, then they should be left in peace to return to training

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  • 61. At 6:33pm on 11 Aug 2008, Edmund wrote:

    I reallyam wondering what all the fuss is about. He said NEITHER he NOR Tom performed at their best.

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  • 62. At 6:34pm on 11 Aug 2008, SportyBhoy1 wrote:

    Agree with the general feeling of how unprofessional it is to make such comments about your partner.

    My main thing though ...

    Who is the young immature one ?
    Taking a phone call from your mum in the middle of competition ?

    How novice like. Your thoughts should be completely on what your doing. No wonder there was a spat between the two. You should not have your phone with you. Total lack of commitment.

    The youngster is obviously going to be nervous but seems to me he was more professional all around.

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  • 63. At 6:35pm on 11 Aug 2008, Some_Random_Guy wrote:

    Immature and childish. Even if Tom was at fault publicly blasting him like that is beyond stupidity and is disgusting. He's a 14 year old who's competing in his first Olympics. The man is 26 years old. He should act like it.

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  • 64. At 6:36pm on 11 Aug 2008, gosborn180 wrote:

    Frankly, Blake has made himself look a tad foolish. Neither of the pair dived as well as they could and to blame Tom was callous. He should be supporting his team mate, not sticking the knife in.

    At the age of 14 very few teenage boys would be capable of handling the situation Tom is in with such outstanding maturity.This probably is the reason why people find it easier to attack him. Remember, he still isn't that experienced in competitions of this magnitude, and few people on the planet would not be jittery in front of a global audience for the first time ever. He has the talent to succeed, don't damn him before he is given an opportunity to really shine, when he has the experience to back up his talent.

    Good luck Tom and I hope Blake learns something about maturity from his team mate. If he thinks that phoning his family in the middle of a major contest is acceptable, then Tom should look for a new partner.

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  • 65. At 6:37pm on 11 Aug 2008, planetmarshalluk wrote:


    What bargain? Are you suggesting that the media attention focused on Daley is his fault? Hardly. He's a 14 year old Olympian, and deserves our respect for that alone regardless of his performance.

    I think Aldridge will deeply regret his comments, and I'm sure he's already been chastised by the squad. It doesn't matter whether his partner was 14 or 41, he should know better than to criticize him in public.

    God knows as a country we're not overflowing with sporting talent. It embarrasses me when I see members of the public who have no comprehension of the discipline and sacrifice required to be an elite athlete so eager to stick the knife in.

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  • 66. At 6:38pm on 11 Aug 2008, CommentBos wrote:

    If Gymnasts need to be 16 in the year of the Olympics why doesn't everyone else?

    The kid is too young. Having been to the Olympics I can assure everyone it is completely ifferent than a World Championships.

    Aldridge was frustrated that his hard work has been thwarted by the pressure on a kid unable to cope.

    It is absolutely not clear that TOm will benefit rom this experience. he may be scarred and when London comes the nerves will return.

    He should have had a nothing to lose feeling. he clearly did not so he lost any benefit from being sent young.

    Big mistake GB Diving and the IOC should rule on 16 being minimum age.

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  • 67. At 6:39pm on 11 Aug 2008, neosportsfan wrote:

    Aldridge's comments seem totally out of place whatever Daley's age.

    I'm not a diver, but the commentary seemed to suggest that the entry to the water of both competitors was below par, and even an experienced eye could see Aldridge's "splash" on many of the dives.

    Was Daley really so far below Aldridge's standard? It didn't look like it too me - and the synchronised bits looked great.

    Aldridge should retract his comments - they have no public place in a team sport.

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  • 68. At 6:41pm on 11 Aug 2008, mxb160 wrote:

    I think if we all look at this properly, there is no doubt Tom was massively over-exposed in the media before and during these Games. Yes there is no doubt its a fanatastic achievement getting to the Games at 14, but that should be celebrated AFTER the competition. Were constant interviews and appearences on GMTV really the best preperation for this event.

    And I think Aldridge's comments were very unprofessional, but understandable. He's a lot older in diving terms and his chances for competing in London 2012 will be much more fragile than Tom's. His Olympic ambitions relied heavily on this event today, whereas his team mate is plastered all over the papers talking about his gold medal chances in 2012. I can understand it must have been very frustrating to think his team mate didn't do all he could to prepare for the Games. After all, Tom has benn quoted as saying he has his diving 'world' and his media 'world.' Not exactly what is needed to make a champion.

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  • 69. At 6:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, missshinyhappyperson wrote:

    Not only did they qualify for the olympics, they also were good enough to get in the final. They are 8th best in the WORLD! Although in my opinion, they were better than the Cubans and were marked more harshly.

    It doesn't matter that Tom is 14, he's there on merit and merit alone and should be applauded for the outstanding talent he obviously has.

    Did they so their best? - no. Did Tom belittle his much older (and supposedly wiser?) team mate in front of the media? - no. Does he show a united front in the face of adversity - too right he does and acts and behaves much older than his years, which is a huge credit to him.

    I watched all the dives and if anything, Blake's entrances into the water created more splash than Tom's did. Neither were perfect, but neither one was significantly worse than the other.

    Blake should be proud to have such a mature team mate and perhaps when he realises the fallout he has created by what seems like sour grapes, perhaps he will learn to be a little more gracious, especially if he wants to continue to continue with synchronised diving. After all, who wants to have a team mate who is so quick to apportion blame?

    Good luck to Tom in his individual dive and I hope he gets the chance to quieten Blake and any critics with a superlative performance.

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  • 70. At 6:49pm on 11 Aug 2008, sooty66 wrote:

    Tom and Blake, You did us proud, no matter what anyone says press, family, friends, it was you two who made the grade and GOT There. There are meny people who cannot say the same.

    Well done to both of you. Still up for Luton in November ?

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  • 71. At 6:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, TheRattler wrote:

    Blake has seen more of Tom's diving than we have so will know what Tom is capable of, but that isn't an excuse to tell the media that he thinks Tom let him down, problems shouldn't be shown to the public in my opinion. Well done anyway

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  • 72. At 6:56pm on 11 Aug 2008, pontoon_g117 wrote:

    There is a time and a place for plain speaking about a performance but in front of the press is not it and Aldridge would do very well to realise that. Also, if he thinks it is appropriate for him to phone anyone, even his mother, in the middle of a competition, he should not be there. End of story.

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  • 73. At 7:07pm on 11 Aug 2008, san_1601 wrote:

    I thought the comments Blake made were quite harsh. I mean who would have thought someone would dump all the blame on someone 12 years younger than them eh?

    Tom has got quite a bit of attention recently from the media and all, it was expected. I mean a 14 year old lad in the olympics final is quite a big story. And it probably was the media that got him slightly nervous.

    But I stil see no reason for Aldridge's reaction. He's 26! grow up!

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  • 74. At 7:34pm on 11 Aug 2008, sandcastlejim wrote:

    time for the media to leave Daly alone. All this attention is irresponsible and cruel - the boy is just 14!
    As for the other fella, his post-dive comments were totally unsportsmanlike. He may have told the truth, but those comments were below the belt and uncalled for.

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  • 75. At 7:52pm on 11 Aug 2008, charlhunt wrote:

    I have 3 things to say on this subject:
    1. Aldridge new how young and inexperienced Daley was before they entered the olympics so to blame this for their poor performance is wrong.
    2. If Aldridge has a problem with Daley's performance then it should be delt with in private
    3. The points were lost on entry into the water not synchronisation and it was Aldridge making the bigger splash.

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  • 76. At 7:52pm on 11 Aug 2008, robbie15 wrote:

    Which one is the adult? He should try behaving like one! One point though. I thought this was the synchronised diving, so why, when their synchronisation was so good were all their marks so low? The judging seemed rather suspect, I feel.


    Possibly as said their synchro as ood but their diving was not up to their usual standard. Nothing wrong with the judging

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  • 77. At 7:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, Junglenews wrote:

    Poor kid - I hope he doesn't read any of this - he must be gutted enough already to not be kicked in the teeth by some of the comments on here. Nerves got the better of him - it happens - its the worlds biggest stage after all. Good luck for 2012 !

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  • 78. At 7:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, Douglas Lee wrote:

    Well that's an early harsh lesson for Tom - come last in a pairs event in a big competition and your partner will turn round and squarely blame you! Let's hope there are enough wise heads around Tom to make him realise that it's easy to be a bad loser but hard to be a winner - which is what Tom undoubtedly is, if not now, then in the future.

    For now, good luck in the individuals Tom, and find a new synchro partner as soon as you can!

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  • 79. At 7:54pm on 11 Aug 2008, clairebear2008 wrote:

    Fair enough, Aldridge was obviously very disappointed about todays performance. It's one thing to think those things about your team mate but to actually come out and say it to the media is disgraceful. He's just looking for someone to blame and the obvious person is Tom rather than blame himself! How unprofessional!
    Good luck in the individual competition Tom!

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  • 80. At 8:05pm on 11 Aug 2008, 1Wattie wrote:

    I feel sorry for both Blake and Tom but no matter how frustrated or annoyed you are with each other it should never be discussed in public.If there is a touch of jealousy on Blakes behalf it is quite understandable considering the spotlight has fallen on Toms achievement in reaching the Olympics and Blakes has been largely ignored.
    The media are jumping on the bandwagon now that a comment has/has not been made about Toms performance and as usual it will be headline news for the rest of the olympics. The media are plugging "Team G.B." and presenting it as a united front to achieve as many medaslas possible. They are the ones who will break any team spirit we have going by presenting these niggles to the public. I was once told by a retired reporter that he "Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story" and I`m sure that statement still stands today

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  • 81. At 8:08pm on 11 Aug 2008, Donald Donaldson wrote:

    i dont see what he did that was so wrong, the majoprity of the time blake made more splash and had worse entry to the water and they were both pretty well synchronized i think hes just fed up, but out of order..

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  • 82. At 8:13pm on 11 Aug 2008, tintin wrote:

    At just 14 Tom's maturity, humility and focus would put many adult sports stars to shame.

    Hopefully he'll be competing in the Olympics until 2028!

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  • 83. At 8:18pm on 11 Aug 2008, Pandymagic wrote:

    Leave Blake alone - talk about Team!!, all anyone has been going on about before the event was Tom. Yes, it is fantastic achievement at his age to get to Olympics, but having said that, if he is old enough to compete then he is old to get criticised. He will no doubt go far and do well but what will happen to Blake? And as for that Newsround reporter shoving phone in Tom's face telling him to call his parents, someone needs to have a word, I thought that was an extremely poor piece of reporting, if you can call it that

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  • 84. At 8:25pm on 11 Aug 2008, TenCentsWorth wrote:

    I am completely shocked by Aldridge's comments.
    I came away from watching the broadcast thinking the exact opposite to what he has said; it's my opinion the Aldridge blew the dives with bigger splashes and messy tumbles.
    I think Tom did himself and his nation proud and I can't wait for the individual dives when I have no doubt that Tom will show Aldridge and the world who really deserved to be there.

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  • 85. At 8:38pm on 11 Aug 2008, JohnWTWFan wrote:

    I'm pleased to see other people agree that Blake's comments were out of order and demonstrated bad sportsmanship.

    I've been a huge supporter of Tom's for many months now. I'll admit I was upset when I learned of the result of today's dives. However, there is no way at all I would ever class Tom as a failure. He's extremely courageous, hard-working, polite and not at all big-headed. He's the perfect role model for other young people out there. He's shown them that you don't have to be either out causing trouble or sitting in front of the TV vegetating. He's shown that with lots of determination, drive, commitment and hard-work you can not only achieve your dreams but also get really fit too.

    I will always be in awe of Tom's ability to dive from great heights but also pull off all those flips, twists, turns he does. I don't know of any other boys who could do that! I'm scared of heights, can't swim and am in no way close to Tom's level of physical fitness and physique, despite being only 12 years older than him.

    So what if Tom and Blake didn't win today? Tom himself has said all along he didn't expect to and that the main thing is that he gets the experience for the 2012 Olympics.

    I will be extremely annoyed if the press or anyone else blows things out of proportion and calls Tom a failure or loser. If they do, they really need to ask themselves if they could do what Tom does. I know I couldn't! Tom should be commended, not made a scapegoat.

    I'm extremely proud of Tom and probably always will be.

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  • 86. At 8:45pm on 11 Aug 2008, lorraine18 wrote:

    Poor Aldrige, evidently what he said was inappropriate, however some of the comments on here show this whole thing is being blown out of proportion. I wonder if some of the people on here who make comments really think through what they are saying...i.e:-

    40. At 5:19pm on 11 Aug 2008, Owler wrote:

    This guy Aldridge is a disgrace to his country
    Are you sure? I can think of a few criminals who might be worthy of that tag not an olympic swimmer.

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  • 87. At 8:45pm on 11 Aug 2008, michaelhudston wrote:

    Why is it we expect so much from our young sportsmen. I think Tom has done so well to get as far as he has at such a young age.

    Its all the pressure of the press and public expecting him to win when he is only 14. He is at the very start of his career. lets give him the support he needs and not the pressure.

    Toms own words stated that his aim was for a medal in the 2012 olympics in London. I believe that this is good experience for him, and a good platform to build on for a very successfull olymoic career.

    Our oldest olympic athlete is in his late 30's, top has a long career ahead of him. lets not expect miracles his first time out.

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  • 88. At 8:48pm on 11 Aug 2008, Twinkle toes wrote:

    I didn't watch any interviews with either diver before the competition, but they both had an off day – you don’t blame your team member to the press however upset you are – in private you can say what you like. Good luck to both of them in the future – they are only young, they have other chances.

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  • 89. At 8:50pm on 11 Aug 2008, fivelivejive wrote:

    Well done Tom

    However if Britain really wanted medal winners in the diving discipline they should have selected their squad from the premier league, they would have had a clean sweep

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  • 90. At 8:57pm on 11 Aug 2008, juniorone wrote:

    if you want to see how its possible for a team of 'equals' to really knit together have a look at the mens hockey victory over pakistan (and the interviews afterwards)
    the media interest in Tom has taken its toll on his diving partner. personally i am just as much interested in Blake's background as Toms, just as I was rooting for Craig Fallon in the Judo.

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  • 91. At 9:01pm on 11 Aug 2008, ruthytoothie wrote:

    You have to feel a little sorry for Blake he doesn't have another chance. It may have been a little harsh but can you blame him? Him and Daley both were responsible for getting in to the Olympic yet everyone ignores him. What paper or TV program do you know that has mentioned him except for now this event was just as important. It is not just because Daley is 14 and that he is saying he didn't do very well and as if he was older then he would probably say it as well in the heat of the moment you say silly things this maybe what happened and Blake is entitled to his opinion

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  • 92. At 9:04pm on 11 Aug 2008, ruthytoothie wrote:

    You have to feel a little sorry for Blake he doesn't have another chance. It may have been a little harsh but can you blame him? Him and Daley both were responsible for getting in to the Olympic yet everyone ignores him. What paper or TV program do you know that has mentioned him except for now this event was just as important. It is not just because Daley is 14 and that he is saying he didn't do very well and as if he was older then he would probably say it as well in the heat of the moment you say silly things this maybe what happened and Blake is entitled to his opinion. Lets us just move on and think about what they can do if they don't get on then let them split.

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  • 93. At 9:13pm on 11 Aug 2008, lilhann wrote:

    I can't believe that commentators and the media are making such a big thing about Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge coming last in 10m synchro dive. We as a nation should congratulate them for getting their in the first place, after all with Tom and Blake coming in 8th place means that they are 8th in the WORLD and it doesn't seem that anyone has taken this in to account. After all Tom is only 14 and he probably has 3 olympics ahead of him now he has the experience he can go all the way in 2012. We should remeber that they went out there and did Great Britain proud. We all know that Tom and Blake are the Gold in our nations hearts.

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  • 94. At 9:18pm on 11 Aug 2008, TomNightingale wrote:

    Why is synchronised diving an Olympic event? I looked it up on Wiki. It was introduced by the Australians. Funny people; strange sense of humour.

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  • 95. At 9:20pm on 11 Aug 2008, Crudeline wrote:

    I think that Blake Aldridge doesn't understand that it may not be helpful to a TEAM effort to slag off his team mate. He also must not realise how destroying it must be for a fourteen year old boy to be attacked by someone that he has been working so closely with.

    Furthermore, he has failed to notice that Tom did better than he did.

    Good luck in the indivdiual Tom. Shame on you Blake.

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  • 96. At 9:27pm on 11 Aug 2008, ArcticFrog wrote:

    To be fair, I can't blame Blake Aldridge for feeling bitter - today was the first day I actually heard his name - after the event!

    Not sure how on earth they score this event - from what I saw, the British pair had the syncronisation spot on, but bad entries, whereas the Chinese in the slo-mo replay you could see were miles out of sync with each other! Why is the entry deemed the most important point? I was thinking the syncronisation was, a clue in the title!

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  • 97. At 9:29pm on 11 Aug 2008, markusgl1 wrote:

    didn't someone say (might have been Sharon Davies) that by thowing Tom into the 08 games, it will mean that when he goes to the world championships and the 12 games he will have learnt how to deal with all the things that can happen.

    I also hope that Leon and others are able to convince Tom that these things happen and not to spend time thinking about it. sometimes just the wrong word in a teenagers head can do a lot of damage

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  • 98. At 9:35pm on 11 Aug 2008, brummyrich wrote:

    For anyone to reach an Olympic final is a fantastic achievement.... to do that at the age of 14 is truly something special.

    Tom has got many more games ahead of him and any nerves he had this time will definitely be gone next time.

    I look forward to seeing Tom take his first medal at his home Olympics in 4 years time!

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  • 99. At 9:36pm on 11 Aug 2008, RedIsaac wrote:

    A few points points:

    (1) If Aldridge is the better diver how come Daley has qualified for the individual event and Aldridge has not?

    (2) If we accept that Daley was to blame for the bad performance because he was too nervous, how exactly do Aldridge's comments help the young man improve? Surely the responsible thing to do would be to try to calm Daley and encourage him both during and after the event. I find his comments petulant and counterproductive.

    (3) Leon Taylor has to continue his very important role as Daley's mentor. His experience and the fact that he is Tom's hero means that he can guide him in the right direction, give him advice about big occasions and even bring him back down to earth if required.

    (4) I am no expert, but maybe more work should go into finding young Tom a more suitable partner for his synchronized diving in the future. And preferably one that can be a responsible person that won't blame Daley at the first failure.

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  • 100. At 9:41pm on 11 Aug 2008, The Rock wrote:

    shame that these comments were made. a grown man should know better.

    good luck to tom in the individual event!

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  • 101. At 9:42pm on 11 Aug 2008, CoasalOldPro wrote:

    Let's befair here, if it hadn't been for young Tom then who on earth would have been the slightest bit interested in syncronised diving? Or even have heard of it?

    Aldridge should count himself lucky that he's had his 15 seconds of fame. If it wasn't for the media frenzy surrounding Tom then Aldridge would have been another of those gallant Olympic failures that nobody remembers 3 days after the event.

    Think of the money you can make on the after dinner speaking circuit now Blake. And it's all down to Tom and not your (lack of) talent.

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  • 102. At 9:44pm on 11 Aug 2008, doctomdotcom wrote:

    What a spiteful comment from Blake Aldridge.
    What an incredible editorial decision from the BBC for giving it air time.
    What an unbelievable move for Gabby Logan to want to discuss it on primetime TV.
    Both divers must have been emotional and full of adrenalin, even though they may have been dissatisfied with their performance.
    In those sorts of circumstances many of us might say things that we would later regret. In this case it was the older, and presumably wiser and more mature of the pair who came out badly.
    Even worse, the BBC broadcasts it - presumably to fill up a bit more air time.
    Tom has achieved something that no other British lads of his age have done - and yet BBC allows an emotional Blake to make a very public criticism of him, and detract from his achievement.
    There is a moral here. Tom and Blake will need to learn that whether you are a hero or a thug, the media, even the BBC, will dish the dirt if they can find any.
    Shame on you, BBC.

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  • 103. At 9:50pm on 11 Aug 2008, Sancte wrote:

    As regards the mobile phone incident Blake may simply have a different way to unwind between dives while Tom is probably a bag of nerves and may not have the 'coping strategies' in place which is where his advisors should step in, Blake being one, I assume.
    Blake's should have discussed his feelings in a post-final meeting with the team. Tom did not deserve that character assassination.
    The boy is a wonderful ambassador for his generation, a tribute to his parents and all his support team. He is a tonic on TV, bright and articulate and as a man I am not embarrassed to say he looks amazing in his trunks. I wish I had a physique like that at his age but then again, would I have had the grit and determination to put myself through 3-4 hours training for 6 days a week for the past 6 years, starting at the age of 9. Unlikely.

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  • 104. At 10:01pm on 11 Aug 2008, lalalee wrote:

    oh c'mon - you can't blame him for saying what he did about Tom D - the guy is older and may not see the next Olympics. It must have been a real challenge for him to be paired with someone so young who is getting unwarranted attention in China because he is 'cute' - he certainly has got talent but it is still raw talent and Aldridge probably saw that he was being immature and unprofessional under pressure which is understandable due to his age. The question is -was he too young for the Olympics? I think Aldridge was probably telling the truth but in politically correct Britain the truth is too much to bear when you put someone on a pedastal.

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  • 105. At 10:04pm on 11 Aug 2008, lalalee wrote:

    Gaby Logan is really low in reporting on that anyway - she was just looking for sensationalism and she has stirred up a lot of bad feeling and that is not fair on Blake who is a young guy.

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  • 106. At 10:14pm on 11 Aug 2008, Crudeline wrote:

    Furthermore, it's called synchronised DIVING not sychronised minimal splash.

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  • 107. At 10:18pm on 11 Aug 2008, custardlovesbikkies wrote:

    I think I have read all of the post dive comments to date- but I don't think I have noticed a reference to mangement responsibilities.
    Surely, the GB diving team management should have anticiated the media hype and ensured both divers were given full and appropriate protection from the media, and privacy to focus fully on the event.
    Parental involvement (for young Tom) to explain this intention so there was an agreement re. telephone calls etc. would have helped ease tension for both competitors.
    I hope lessons are learned here for the 2012 Games ''hysteria'.

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  • 108. At 10:19pm on 11 Aug 2008, radurgan wrote:

    I was disappointed to hear that from Blake Aldridge. Things like an argument in private does not need to be brought into the public like that.

    And I think ringing your mum during a competition like that is also a bit childish and very unprofessional, this is the Olympics not a school sports day!!!!

    Things like that should be dealt with internally, and I hope Leon Taylor points that out to Blake and shows him the way to behave if he wants to be a success in a team sport

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  • 109. At 10:20pm on 11 Aug 2008, olympicbuff wrote:

    Oh well as per usual us brits air our dirty washing in public. for gods sake lets be grateful we have two guys who are now ranked 8th in the world. it's not a medal, but they are on their way.
    Let's not all think that he's been quoted totally correctly, the British media isn't exactly top notch when it comes to accurate reporting!!

    I must admit when i was 14 i wasn't exactly thinking about Olympic glory, i was on my grifter avoiding my parents calling me in for tea.... give the lad a chance, whatever training or help he has received cannot detract that he only has 14 years of experience on this sick and twisted planet.

    What do we want.. Tom to be hammered in Beijing on White lightening and hot wiring a Chinese Army Tank..(be amusing to watch and probably indicative of most 14 year olds in britian if you beleive the Daily mail)!

    GO on TOM.. enjoy it mate, your enthusiasm is great to watch!

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  • 110. At 10:20pm on 11 Aug 2008, sugar ray rocky clay junior wrote:

    A lot of focus on the words spoken by blake as regards to Tom's performance and attitude. My own thoughts are, what is an olympic diver doing on the phone mid-way through a competition? would you find an archer popping off a quick text in between rounds? how about a boxer in between rounds? or even a triple jumper? If I were his coach I would be doubting his commitment to the cause.

    In my mind this is completely unprofessional and if a competitor is that bothered about their watching family, then it goes to show they weren't fully focused on the task in hand and shouldnt have the gall to lay the blame elsewhere.

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  • 111. At 10:21pm on 11 Aug 2008, radurgan wrote:

    i agree entirely with #110

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  • 112. At 10:24pm on 11 Aug 2008, r-j-lupin wrote:

    I'm sure Aldridge had some say in who he was partnered with. He knew Tom was popular with the press, because of how well he did at the last meet. As for political correctness, if your in a team you don't criticise them in public, how are you suppose to keep moral up if your moaning about everything. I think he needs to grow up! Good luck to Tom in the individuals, hope he can keep his nerve.

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  • 113. At 10:26pm on 11 Aug 2008, jameslovesssport wrote:

    All this bitching shows why silly "sports" like this shouldn't even be in the Olympics.

    My idea of sport does not involve watching blokes posing under the showers?

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  • 114. At 10:31pm on 11 Aug 2008, Larry-the-lamb wrote:

    They came last.

    And yes if they really performed they could have come 2nd last.

    Why are we cheering losers no matter what their age?

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  • 115. At 10:37pm on 11 Aug 2008, psychjw wrote:

    Clearly Daley is more mature than his partner irrespective of age. As a team both athletes should be appropriately focussed on the task and interacting positively in preparation for the upcoming dive. Neither athlete should be anywhere near a phone during competition at this or any other level. Who is coaching/ advising these performers??

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  • 116. At 10:38pm on 11 Aug 2008, Oldest_student wrote:

    You two got to the Olympics! Have you any idea how many people dream of that? Didn't you dream of it once?
    Your team mate is FOURTEEN for christ's sake! At 14, most guys are geeky and spotty. This one shows the maturity of a 34yr-old.
    You are both to be congratulated, so don't be sore, even if mistakes were made. 99.999% of us watching at home in the UK and cheering you on were VERY impressed so PLEASE don't start squabbling.
    Congrat's to you both, and see you in London in 4 yrs time!
    Jon - The oldest student in the UEA.

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  • 117. At 10:41pm on 11 Aug 2008, lalalee wrote:

    yeah that's very English - calling mum just before the dive of his life - I doubt if any other nation would do that as the discipline would have been harsher - we are very nice in Britain and very very kind....that's why we never win at anything because if you want to win you have to have a real harsh discipline and in this country that would be politically incorrect.

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  • 118. At 10:57pm on 11 Aug 2008, icebondash wrote:

    i think tom did really well i can't believe what blake as saying. they are a team they should be working together

    come on tom you can do it

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  • 119. At 11:05pm on 11 Aug 2008, kafkafil wrote:

    I can't take seriously a sport where one judge can give 6.0 and another 9.0 for the same dive.

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  • 120. At 11:06pm on 11 Aug 2008, solo12002 wrote:

    Im disapointed by the comments made by Blake.

    Lets not forget Tom is only 14 years of age, and has done himself and this country well. Some say comming 8th was comming last, I say he came 8th in the world.

    Over the last two years we have seen an increase in crime with teenagers murdered our our streets, Tom is spending his time doing something he clearly likes and enjoys, give him the credit for that. Tom has always said he would not win a medal here, but would learn from attending.

    I think the comments from Blake were not required and were the action of a crying spoilt child. At 26 he should know better!

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  • 121. At 11:33pm on 11 Aug 2008, Peter Palladas wrote:

    An interesting conversation perhaps to come between Blake and Tom's Dad!

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  • 122. At 11:35pm on 11 Aug 2008, mimmsie wrote:

    Why have we written off Tom? He still has another event to compete in. Blake's comments were unfair and hurtful to Tom, I hope he blows everyone well...out of the water on Thursday!

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  • 123. At 11:38pm on 11 Aug 2008, cheesed-off wrote:

    Well done to both of them, being teamed up with a young teenager can't be easy, especially one who's stated aim is to gain experience for the next Olympics while hoping to achieve high scores this time, it almost mocks the idea of the chance of a 'team' medal for the synchronised diving.

    I think they both did well, under the circumstances, but I think the selectors should perhaps have thought more carefully about putting somebody so young in the spotlight because it gave the media something to hang onto.

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  • 124. At 11:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, crybabyterry wrote:

    Congratulations to Blake Aldridge!!Another English "sportsman" who doesnt support his teammate.What a suprise!!Ten years older but zero maturity.Suggest that he takes a new job.Still involved with water but more in keeping with his talent...A lavatory attendant!!

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  • 125. At 11:59pm on 11 Aug 2008, RedIsaac wrote:

    I would like to remind all those moaners that are saying that Daley and Aldridge came last about how they got there in the first place:

    They Q-U-A-L-I-F-I-E-D. Yes, that's right. It means that all those that took part in the event were in the top 8 in the world no matter how badly they did on the day.

    How many of you moaners out there can prove that you are in the top 100 in the world at what you do, let alone the top 8?

    I didn't think so.

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  • 126. At 00:09am on 12 Aug 2008, dacelt wrote:

    Good man Tom and Blake you did your best and no one can ask more. re group and be stronger

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  • 127. At 00:24am on 12 Aug 2008, mrmichaelh wrote:

    How not to endear yourself to the nation..Lesson One: Publicly blame the 14 year-old nation's favourite for lack of success

    Is Blake Aldridge for real? He will totally regret those comments. Why the hell was he on the phone to his mummy during the Olympic Final..I mean if anyone was doing that shouldn't it have been the 14 year old!?

    Tom, you're a great lad and everyone in the UK is really proud of you and can't wait for you to win Gold in 2012!

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  • 128. At 00:28am on 12 Aug 2008, BroughtUpInBurnley wrote:

    Oh dear Blake! Heat of the moment I guess? Well done Tom, please keep persevering. Blake is probably worried that his days are numbered in the diving world. If anything, just remember one thing, when you become part of another team; whatever you say about your partner reflects what kind of person you are. Just look at how many responses Blakes niaive outbursts have prompted.

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  • 129. At 00:33am on 12 Aug 2008, seanlufc10 wrote:

    people should stop having a go at blake. it was a two-person team and with all the hype you would have thought tom daley was doing it all himself. blake was obviously frustrated that tom was getting all the hype, and he was the one who appeared to mess it up. of course, everyone in the public and media will side with tom and show blake as the bad guy because of the age factor. blake was wrong to say those things but it was the heat of the moment, and i have to say i agree with him. blake looked to be doing his job just fine, and tom was having a go at him for little things between dives. great way to crush team spirit tom, well done!

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  • 130. At 00:49am on 12 Aug 2008, a_proud_devil wrote:

    Point is: they screwed up. All that talk of 'qualified for the Olympics', '8th in the world' sounds hollow...more like pathetically clutching at some 'feel-good' straws

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  • 131. At 01:07am on 12 Aug 2008, BeBeSeeFree wrote:

    Well done to Blake and Tom for competing at the Olympic games. I do agree that just being there and taking part is a massive achievement. It must have been an amazing experience.

    It does seem now though that the media attention has had a caustic effect on their relationship and perhaps also on their performance.

    They are BOTH talented divers and maybe, understandably, Tom Daley is receiving more attention than Blake because of his age. However, this lopsided approach has clearly left the pair/team in disarray. It is not surprising that Blake is speaking out now and is making headlines for the wrong reasons. It sounds like a cry for help from within the maelstrom of 'Journalistic Jingoism' and 'Nationalistic News'.

    I think that this situation highlights some of the underlying issues that exist within international sport/events and the reporting/broadcasting of it. It is extremely interesting to see the many strata that these gigantic events work on.

    It must be many athletes' dream to compete at the Olympic games. They train hard to excel in their chosen sport and to arrive at the games is proof of their effort. On the other hand it is also indicative of their perhaps stubborn and definitely single-minded desire to be winners.

    Many of the athletes may dream of representing their countries in such events. Others may be more interested in furthering their careers. There is obviously nothing wrong in that. Then of course there is the media/national/sponsor's interest and the accumulation of medals on the national level. The issue of the overall medals table and it's reflection of global hierarchy sits above all of this, but is a topic for another day.

    It is saddening to say it but, I believe that the media/nation is so hungry for success that the likes of Aldrige and Daley are put under such immense pressure to succeed for the nation that, their personal ambitions are swept away in a tsunami of expectation.

    There is nothing wrong with being proud of a fellow countryman's achievements but I think it is wrong to be so desperate that the ensuing pressure has an adverse effect on his/her chances.

    I hope that is something to think about.

    Good look to Tom Daley in the individual event. Don't expect too much of him, he is afer all, 14!

    Good Luck also to all the other clean athletes at these games.

    N.B. Overall, I think the BBC's coverage has been good. Thanks.

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  • 132. At 01:27am on 12 Aug 2008, Lennonisagod wrote:

    To be fair the comments made about Daley by Aldridge seem perfectly warranted. Its not good for people to critiscise each other during the event but you should wait till afterwards.

    121. At 11:33pm on 11 Aug 2008, palladas wrote:

    An interesting conversation perhaps to come between Blake and Tom's Dad!


    What are you suggesting, that Daley's father will have some 'strong' things to say to him. This is possibly one of the most ridiculous comments I've heard in a long time.
    Also another gem

    124. At 11:53pm on 11 Aug 2008, crybabyterry wrote:

    Congratulations to Blake Aldridge!!Another English "sportsman" who doesnt support his teammate.What a suprise!!Ten years older but zero maturity.Suggest that he takes a new job.Still involved with water but more in keeping with his talent...A lavatory attendant!!


    Yes and you are a fantastic supporter of english sportsmen aren't you? 'Crybabyterry' is a bit insulting to someone who has more sporting talent in their thumb then you do in your whole body.


    Few of the people who have commented on this page are true sports or GB fans for gods sake. You sit and blame one person or the other or you say they did their best, which was not true. Face it they were never going to win a medal, an outside chance is all it is, an outside chance which means if the other better teams do well they will not win anything.
    Why don't we focus our attention on people who have a genuine chance instead of hyping up fairytale endings?
    As an England fan and particularly a Spurs fan I have learnt to be realistic.

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  • 133. At 01:45am on 12 Aug 2008, keepingfaith wrote:

    No blog on pool medallists then? Would be lovely to have glowing positive blog about what Team GB have achieved rather than what they have not. Shame on all the negativity. Plus I really hope the 26 year old diver wakes up today and realises that at nearly twice the age of his 14 year old "team" member his comments were at best of the moment and at worst sour grapes. It was a shame that they didn't do better but that's sometimes the way the cookie crumbles and to go on like that about a young boy doing his best does him no favours.

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  • 134. At 02:02am on 12 Aug 2008, Lennonisagod wrote:

    Again another silly comment above 'and to go on like that about a young boy doing his best does him no favours.'
    If you actually read what Blake said about Daley's performance then you will know that they did not perform their best, particularly Daley who is considered the stronger of the two.
    Also I doubt he will regret the comments seeing as whats done is done and those comments are probably taken out of context. It was merely an honest assessment from him about their performance. What should be regretted is the ridiculous amount of media attention the was surrounding Daley in the build up.
    Why didn't we see Blake? Probably because he was practising in the pool, which is what Daley should have been doing instead of talking to the press.

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  • 135. At 02:44am on 12 Aug 2008, matbroomfield wrote:

    People seem to blame Daley for press coverage that has been orchestrated by the professionals guiding him. The fact that they could not envisage this creating friction in the partnership must surely call their judgement into question not his?

    People also seem to be completely unaware of just what a frightening thing it is to dive off a 10 metre board at all, let alone putting in twist and flips. This is an event that can cause serious injury! Both of these guys have more courage than most detractors will ever know just for doing the event that they do.

    As for the conflict between them, I think Daley has every right to be peeved at Aldridge's unprofessional behaviour by making phone calls. Synchro diving is an event that requires concentration, preparation and cohesion. Just when they should be calming themselves and preparing mentally for the final dive, and a chance to lose with dignity and style, one of them is chatting to his mum on the phone. If I was Tom, I'd have been completely furious.

    That being said, if there were better candidates, I'm sure the selection committee would have sent them in the first place.

    At least England was represented.

    Well done guys.

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  • 136. At 02:54am on 12 Aug 2008, Dr_Grammar wrote:

    #135, yes I read that Blake suffered two detached retinas after a wipeout - hitting the water face first at 30mph with his eyes partially open. This sport takes enormous courage.

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  • 137. At 04:36am on 12 Aug 2008, levdavidovich wrote:

    Tom Daley can be the best in the world. To get to that point you have to know how to take well-meaning criticism, which is what he got from Blake. I think Tom is mature enough to take it.

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  • 138. At 07:13am on 12 Aug 2008, HankMW wrote:

    Why is the BBC complaining about the newspapers setting such a high priority on the problems between Tom Daley and his partner just before their dive, when the BBC is spending 5 minutes of air time on 'Breakfast' reporting about it?

    The BBC needs to get its own priorities in place before it starts critisizing others.

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  • 139. At 07:46am on 12 Aug 2008, gjbowen wrote:

    I cant comment on the quality of the diving as I am not an expert.

    However, when Aldridge uses the word "partnership" in one breath then complains when Daley has issues with him yakking on the phone just before their final dive; it doesnt sit right.

    There should not have been any thought of such distracting behaviour and WHY did he have his phone at poolside?

    Surely, if the partnership is all important, they should be working with each other and concentrating on the event until they have actually finished?

    I would have been a lot less calm!

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  • 140. At 07:58am on 12 Aug 2008, citiboy wrote:

    There's been some really poor reporting on the two British divers, the BBC as much to blame as anyone else. I was reading a report in a US newspaper today and the end of Blake Aldridge's quote where he reflects that Tom was "nowhere near the top of his [game]" was a much more generous payoff: "At the end of the day Thomas is 14 years old. He's done phenomenally."
    But reporting that comment would spoil the story that the pair had had a tiff - not such a good headline, eh? Really would have expected better from the BBC but you're all sensiationalists at heart.

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  • 141. At 08:09am on 12 Aug 2008, sapperhutch wrote:

    8th?! I could've done just as well with a running bomb.

    A disgrace to Britain.

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  • 142. At 08:50am on 12 Aug 2008, RuggerQueen wrote:

    Just when I thought team GB were finally getting it - 'it' being that desire to win and not just 'try' - we get Tom Daley's coach person saying that it was all about experience and having a go and that he's only young, blah blah blah. Why is that other countries can expect a decent performance from their competitors but not us??! Age is not an excuse - he's apparently qualified to compete at these Games, therefore we can expect a decent performance. Nuff said.

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  • 143. At 09:44am on 12 Aug 2008, eheart wrote:

    What an incredibly poor sport Blake is. Very unprofessional as well. Tom can't help how old he is or control the out-of-control media attention. From Blake's pretentious gobby comments, it seems as if he's casting about for someone to blame. Take some responsibility! And for what it's worth, Tom was right....yakking on the phone between dives just seems rather distracting. Oh, but then I forgot....Blake is perfect, after all. Not.

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  • 144. At 09:46am on 12 Aug 2008, eheart wrote:

    and I forgot..... Tom isn't perfect either, he's just young. Too young. He might have qualified for the Olympics, but geez.....14 years old! He hasn't even fully matured yet! 14 is just way too young......should be 16 across the board, although try telling the Chinese gymnast girls that.

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  • 145. At 10:17am on 12 Aug 2008, Bigheadnumerouno wrote:

    Watched the diving on highlights yesterday, just wanted to comment on the cpontreversy surrounding the comments made by both of the lads.

    The majority of people on this blog seem to be in support of Tom, and i can't question for a second the effort and dedication he must have shown to reach the level he is at.

    However it is very difficult to judge who is at fault (if anyone), as we seem to know every aspect of Tom's life/character due to the media, and i would be surprised if the man in the street could have have named his partner before yesterday.

    Blake was at fault for making his comments to the press, rather than his team coach, but as everyone says, Tom is 14 YEARS OLD, and no matter how mature he is he WILL be affected by the media hype surrounding him.

    I wish the guys all the best in their future careers, and Tom in the individual event later this month.

    P.S Rebecca Adlington/Joanne Jackson, top work mrs!!!!!!!!!

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  • 146. At 10:40am on 12 Aug 2008, James Autar wrote:

    First of all I think that the British media should take some of the blame because they built Tom up in such a way that we believed that he just had to turn up to win gold.
    You could see that something was wrong between the divers as there was no acknowledgement, encouragement for each other or rapport of any description.
    I agree with Tom that Brian should not have been on a damn mobile phone just prior to the last jump. Would you see a Chinese, Aussie or Japanese competitor chatting on the phone to his mother in the final of an Olympic diving event?
    I think that for the benefit of each other they should split.
    I agree that the judging was suspect, particularly in the Ladies diving as the Chinese seemed certain to win regardless of the quality of their dive.
    On the subject of judging the boxing bout which the British boy Murray lost to the Chinese guy was disgraceful. Murray's blows were simply not scored while the Chinese boxer was getting points for non-existient punches. Shades of Seoul again when the boxing decisions in favour of the Korean boxers was so outrageous that the system was supposedly changed for the better!!

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  • 147. At 10:48am on 12 Aug 2008, ThePrivateRyan wrote:

    It makes you wonder who is the 14 year old!! Blake should support his team mate whatever the outcome... for someone of his age to have the balls to get up there in the biggest competition in the world he deserves a medal… come on Britain!!

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  • 148. At 10:56am on 12 Aug 2008, mmbikes wrote:

    JamesAutar wrote
    "I agree with Tom that Brian should not have been on a damn mobile phone just prior to the last jump. Would you see a Chinese, Aussie or Japanese competitor chatting on the phone to his mother in the final of an Olympic diving event?"

    ... and what of the manager that allowed the mobile to be taken to this event.
    Very unprofessional!!

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  • 149. At 11:08am on 12 Aug 2008, DanChelt wrote:

    I don't mean to be harsh or unfair, but I remember the Commonwealth Games in 98 a certain 13 year old winning gold... Hasn't really done a lot since. Alex Despatie... He matured for a few years before he really started to put pressure on other competitors. Looking at Tom, I think he is receiving way too much media coverage that would put any one off... But don't forget, he has ALWAYS said that Beijing will be for EXPERIENCE and didn't expect anything from it. So if people are going to blast him for not performing very well along side Blake, then your just being jealous. He's 14 years old, he's a kid... I think that he should be left alone to do his own thing.

    Good Luck for the Individual Tom.

    Dan, Cheltenham

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  • 150. At 11:35am on 12 Aug 2008, Bernard Hinault wrote:

    Lets face it, this isn't a sport where you can indisputably win by being first across the line or getting the largest number of goals. I couldn't get too worked up at losing because of somebody's OPINION.

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  • 151. At 11:57am on 12 Aug 2008, AussieInDubs wrote:

    It's just a shame that Tom is competing in the individual events and we have to put up with his smug, perma-tanned face for another week!!

    So sick of him!!

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  • 152. At 12:06pm on 12 Aug 2008, Top Balcony Blue - Nil Satis Nisi Optimum wrote:

    One point I will make is that until they stepped onto the board for their first dive, I did not even know what Blake looked like. I did however, know what Tom, his Mum, his Dad and his two brothers looked like. I even had to watch them have a meal with matthew Pinsent. I did not see a single shot of this feller who was diving with young Tom. The media coverage has been so focused on Tom that a lot of people weren't even aware he was taking part in a pairs event.

    It's not an excuse, but Blake is 26 and may not make another Olympic Games and after not performing at their best form and perhaps he spoke without thinking but the journalists asked "what went wrong and he gave his opinion". Which was neatlt editted down to provide the best 'headline'.

    Typical British media. Build them up and then shoot them down.

    i think they did alright, but the judges were clearly more lenient towards some of the other divers. The Russion chaps were given a 9.0 off one judge went one of the divers went in piked! What was all that about?

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  • 153. At 12:31pm on 12 Aug 2008, mrpaulbh wrote:

    The problem here is very obvious.Tom has treated these games as a learnibg curve in the belief that he realyy had no chance of medalling and his real aim is 2012.Blake on the other hand swa this has his main (abd possibly only) chance for Olympic Gold,he may be too old or not good enough fro 2012.So the real problem was pairing 2 people with different goals and aspirations as well as attitude ,in the same team,so its no surprise its all come out now and the 2 have very different views on the outcome.

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  • 154. At 12:38pm on 12 Aug 2008, pi22tnbroke wrote:

    Aldridge is a rotten sportsman and not worthy of the trust put in him. He lacked focus and determination and should not represent this country. He blew it big time. What athlete phones his mother mid contest final. Then he blames his team mate Daley who quite rightly was furious. He blew it for Daley too. Daley at least seemed focussed and ambitious up until that moment. One might even think it was a contrived act. Aldridge shouldn't even have had a phone with him let alone poolside. It's ludicrous. A lousy sportsman who blames others for his inability. Rubbish, pure rubbish and an embarrassment to the British people! If I was his sponsor I pull my support and ask for my money back.

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  • 155. At 12:41pm on 12 Aug 2008, pf wrote:

    The comments are almost comical coming from the senior member of the "team". It's probably true the younger got too much media attention - but that wasn't his fault. Aldridge can take comfort he gets the individual gold medal for arrogance.

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  • 156. At 12:44pm on 12 Aug 2008, seanlufc10 wrote:

    tom choked! the boy is so far up his own **** that he couldn't see where he was diving. blake did his job fine and tom messed up every dive. but of course, it was all for the experience wasn't it? typical british losers mentality.

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  • 157. At 12:44pm on 12 Aug 2008, rseman wrote:

    Yes Tom underachieved - but so did Aldridge - who actually was worse than in Tom I think.

    Secondly I am not surprised Tom moaned at Aldridge for taking a phone call whilst in an Olympic final. He should be focusing on the event.

    I think the problem for Tom is that as he is the European individual champion at 14 older teammates may be jealous becasuse of the coverage he receives as well as the fact that he is probably more talented than them.

    The media also have not helped in that some outlets have been coming out with he is a 'failure'. For heavens sake he is just 14 years old. He will be back with a better chance of a medal in 4 years time. Michael Phelps took part in the Olympics in 2000 at just 15 - he was a world record holder but won nothing. Look at him now. Give the boy time.

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  • 158. At 12:47pm on 12 Aug 2008, mallett18 wrote:

    I am sad that they have fallen out, if this is the case. However, it is never wise to speak about ones team mate openly. It was unprofessional. They should discuss this later between themselves when perspectives are calmer. I cannot imagine why a mobile phone was being used it was a ridiculous thing to do. But then none of this would have been an issue if they had performed better. There is too much media attention for the good of both of them. However, it is hard for everyone not to be interested in their progress, at is a unique event. I wish Tom luck with the invidual event and hope their issues with each other can be resolved. It is still no mean feet to get to the Olmpics in the first place and to have the nerve to compete in the media spotlight. So well done.

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  • 159. At 1:50pm on 12 Aug 2008, Andy4819 wrote:

    Thought the scoring was a bit off. Saw one dive (round 5) where one of the divers completly lost it. One judge gave 4.5, probably a 'real' reflection of the dive, but judge 2 gave 9.0.

    I think they should have been around 5th or 6th overall. There dives were quite good, and at the end, Tom is going to be a big draw in 2012.

    Maybe our lads score is based on the same lines as our Eurovision song contenders scores !!

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  • 160. At 2:11pm on 12 Aug 2008, Sam wrote:

    Im sorry but 14 is far too young to be competing in the olympic games.

    Also Aldridge only gets one crack at a medal gets when Tom gets 2. Hardly fair!

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  • 161. At 2:15pm on 12 Aug 2008, Sam wrote:

    Another point ....

    Toms mother was at the games thus meaning he didn't need to use the phone.
    Aldridge's wasnt. I bet it wouldn't be an issue the other way round!

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  • 162. At 2:20pm on 12 Aug 2008, connnico wrote:

    I watched these two and enjoyed it. I think that the judges hammered them unfairly, considering that the Chinese boys made some mistakes and still got high marks. Blake needs to watch what he says, and think about the age difference, he is the adult, if he likes it or not. Why did Blake choose to work with Tom? So he could get good media coverage, and this works both ways.

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  • 163. At 3:15pm on 12 Aug 2008, Sneil wrote:

    Everyone is saying Tom Daley is very mature and focussed. And yes, he is, in interviews - which don't matter.

    A shame all that maturity and composure was wasted on the interviews than the competition, in which Daley was sloppy, performing far worse than his partner, when normally he is the better of the two.

    Daley and Aldridge took the synchro spot away from Pete Waterfield and Leon Taylor, a more experienced duo who would have performed far better under the pressure.

    If Daley is allowed to compete in the Olympics with the adults, then he should be capable of dealing with pressure like an adult. He clearly is not - perhaps instead of all the media training he has been getting, he should have been getting some sports psychology work. No wonder Blake Aldridge was irritated.

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  • 164. At 3:57pm on 12 Aug 2008, jmb wrote:

    Its all very well blaming the media for the attention, but I noticed Daleys family were all on breakfast tv this morning gurning at the camera as they were interviewed in front of the olympic stadium.

    If they want less pressure on him then maybe they could keep out of the spotlight just for a while?

    The fact is they love the attention, and like to then use it as a crutch to lean on.

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  • 165. At 4:15pm on 12 Aug 2008, jcooper02 wrote:

    in all honesty, what was Aldridge doing on the phone. I'm completely with Daley on this one, to be on the phone to your mum during an olympic competition is ridiculous.

    You have to be focused, you have to be working as a team. Aldridge said - "oh, thats Tom, over nervous." what an idiot!

    Tom was probably just thinking about the next dive, which is what Aldridge should have been doing, as well as talking and getting a little unity going on.

    pathetic way to behave whilst accompanying a 14yr old prodigy.

    hopefully he hasnt upset tom's focus for the individual event

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  • 166. At 4:19pm on 12 Aug 2008, Clarkger wrote:

    Surely the one thing that EVERYBODY (esp the media) is missing is the fact that they finished in 8th. Somehow I would think that there was more than 8 countries represented. Surely the emphisis shouldnt be on the fact that they "finished last" but in fact actually finished in 8th place

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  • 167. At 4:19pm on 12 Aug 2008, jcooper02 wrote:

    no 163#

    what are you talking about. maybe daley would have been focused and free of pressure if his idiot partner wasnt on the bleeding phone to his mummy!

    before the competition if someone had said to me they will have a spat about a phone call to one of their mums i would never had guessed aldridge.

    "Hello mum"

    yes aldridge, i think she knows you're there you plonker, now get on with diving, like your supposedly less mature 14yr old partner is!

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  • 168. At 5:12pm on 12 Aug 2008, FreddieCT wrote:

    It was obvious that Tom was nervous.
    Blake had pissed him off by talking on the phone yapping away to his mum.

    I mean, hes only 14, he needs his team mate out of anyone in this competition to calm him and help his nerves. He could see that they were failing their dives, they were getting worse and worse.

    The judges were quite harsh as well.

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  • 169. At 5:19pm on 12 Aug 2008, O_Smile wrote:

    Tom has a lot fans now in China. They love the boy...

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  • 170. At 8:43pm on 12 Aug 2008, seanlufc10 wrote:

    in life there are winners, and there are losers. people like michael phelps and blake aldridge are winners. tom daley is a loser.

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  • 171. At 9:05pm on 12 Aug 2008, iant54 wrote:

    Had Blake been interviewed a few hours later, or the next day, would his answers have been the same?

    Why do the media have to have interview access immediately after an event, when a person's emotions are still running high?

    This seems to be in the same vein as the interviews that are conducted following a disaster or tragedy - sells the newspapers, but does nothing for people's sensitivities.

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  • 172. At 01:23am on 13 Aug 2008, greenbraveCowHead wrote:

    seanlufc10 states

    Daley is a lose,

    No you are a loser a wum and a bully.


    Tom Daley comes from a good family in Plymouth (also where I live)
    Yes he is a brilliant diver and will do very well in the future and I hope at these games. The media have been the ones who have chased him everywhere he happens to be.

    Think about it one day you are at school,
    training and competing, next thing you are thrown into superstardom, CAMERAS IN YOUR FACE EVERYWHERE YOU GO.
    there is nothing that can prepare you just time.

    This is not easy.

    Tom has delt with this very well, better than most atheles.

    The media have to keep encouraging him and not put him down, like the press have a habit of doing.

    And damnful comments from idiots dont help either.

    And yes I was in his position once, at a games (and yes not on as a grand scale) as tom so I can sort of understand what he is going through.

    Go for it Tom
    And remember enjoy the whole experience.

    Go for it team GB.

    and the media and these sort of posts have just been fueling the issue.

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  • 173. At 03:15am on 13 Aug 2008, luketeddy wrote:

    alderys splash was much bigger and worse than toms and he didnt deserve as a 14yr old to get treated like that and blamed. he is most probably better than alderly. tom should go on to 2012 and bring back gold medals becacause he is already really really talented and can achieve with his talent in the olympics. good luke tom!

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  • 174. At 08:36am on 13 Aug 2008, diverjohn46 wrote:

    Not totally surprised by blake's comments, it does fit with his approach to things over quite a few years.
    The problem in many ways isn't the pair, it's the fact we have so few facilities around the country we are very limited with the number of divers we can produce.
    If you look at the pairings, they get very little training time together, only Ben and Nick actually are based in the same pool, the rest have to travel the country to try and work together.
    But just think, in order to get access to high standard facilities all the divers from London have had to move out to Sheffield or Southampton!!

    PS Nice commentary Leon!

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  • 175. At 12:37pm on 13 Aug 2008, laurabaaba wrote:

    I just don't get how you Mr Taylor can say "welcome to the real world", when you where part of the publicity circus surrounding Tom. If he had won a medal you would be proclaiming that all the hype was right and some part of his success was down to you, now that he hasn't your covering your own back by now saying he is not the wonder-boy the media is making out and that the media put too much pressure on him, which they do. I do sport to a national and international level and if my mentor wrote in the media - welcome to the real world - I would be lost for words. I think it is rude and goes against the personal friendship and belief in the player you are mentoring, you should of been preparing him for the real world, not stating it to save your own back after they did so badly in the final. At the end of the day it was an Olympic final and we should all be pleased that they made it too that point. As for Blake, it's called teamwork, and there is no I in team. I am shocked by what he said, this clearly shows a lack of team building in the British team.

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  • 176. At 2:48pm on 13 Aug 2008, Gfuture21 wrote:

    Blake wasnt out of order to say those comments its just unfortunate that they got out .. hopefully he was jus trying to help tom! And wats all the fuss about ! Just because we didnt win a medal , its all blame blame blame , we did soo well its jus ashame that the others were better than us , better luck next time ! We did our best .. keep your head up tom !

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  • 177. At 3:10pm on 13 Aug 2008, admire_murray wrote:

    Both competitiors didn't dive as well as they could but I thought that Blake's entries were worse. People say that it might be as he's bigger than Tom, but that does not count when his oppositions are causing little splash.

    I am very annoyed that Blake is letting Tom take the blame and am even more annoyed that Blake didn't realise that Tom's well within his rights to ask Blake to stop yapping on the phone. Totally unprofessional! I think Blake's showing a lot of sourpuss there and I hope he really thinks about taking back those comments. He has really gone down in my opinion!

    Good luck in the individual Tom! Try your hardest and have fun! I hope you make it to the final!

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  • 178. At 05:38am on 14 Aug 2008, mahtsewman wrote:

    Well done to both athletes, it is a great achievement to represent Great Britain as an Olympian.

    Good luck with the individual diving Tom, enjoy the occasion!

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  • 179. At 00:51am on 15 Aug 2008, cdub06 wrote:

    Good luck to Tom for Friday 22 August
    He has already showed that he is a great european champion.. I hope he will win a medal for his first Olympic Games ; However, he will try again at London in 2012.

    Allez Tom tu es le meilleur !

    A french friend from Nice (french riviera)

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  • 180. At 03:05am on 15 Aug 2008, divingjunkie wrote:

    Knowing these divers better than most, and having the benefit of watching it live from the Cube, it was definately a case of not dealing with mistakes made, regardless of who made them and breaking their routine.
    Blake and Tom will have had a routine in place to follow and Blake broke it plain and simple. They made mistakes on their third dive and didn't deal with it!
    Once the routine was broken, he (Blake) pulled away from Tom by ringing his mother and really made no effort to pull the team back together at all. How sad!
    And it all boils down to the fact that he expected Tom to dive better to improve his own medal chances when infact, Tom did dive better, nervously undoubtedly, but better than Blake.
    There have been comments on the judging and it has, at times, been very dubious, probably down to the nerves of the judges and because they didn't want to 'give' marks to Tom.
    It's a shame the event has ended in such controversy as they had both dreamed of competing at the Olympics and obviously should have had better 'Plan B's' in place as coping strategies.
    It's also fair to say that a more mature person would have made a statement of retraction to at least apologise to Tom, and the GB Olympic team, for very un-teamly behaviour!
    Now, unfortunately for Blake, it is unlikely he will compete in London as there are very talented divers coming through in GB who will be determined to dive at 2012 and will have the benefit of younger bodies and fresher minds!
    Good luck to all of the team as they continue with the Games!

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  • 181. At 8:53pm on 16 Aug 2008, baffie1 wrote:

    Blake should be more upset with this repeated ‘I’m here just for the experience’ comment – Tom is good enough to get into Olympics he should be fired up to win – I'm hearing this more from the divers than any other team - what is the coach thinking.

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  • 182. At 00:39am on 19 Aug 2008, tim000 wrote:

    they did well both of them! if they were choosen to represent team GB then what can we really diss. i know blake personally i know sometimes he says things he regrets later but its normal human behaviour, is the issue here that everyone feels sorry for tom cause hes younger? blakes been pushed aside the whole time and he didnt let it get to him. THEY ARE A TEAM AND STILL GOOD MATES !

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  • 183. At 5:38pm on 22 Aug 2008, Sky Blue One wrote:

    I can completely understand Aldridge's frustration at Tom Daley. Put yourself in his position. He's going into the event knowing that it's perhaps his final chance at the Olympics. He gets paired with a 14 year-old, who whips up a storm of media attention. He arrives at the Games to find his young partner in the media scrum. Then, when it comes to the day of the performance, the lad is clearly too nervous and screws up, having a pop at Aldridge in the process ... To top it all off he is interviewed immediately afterwards and is again the centre of attention: he has a huge grin on his face and tells everyone that it's been a "wonderful experience" and he can't wait for London 2012.

    This won't be popular, but I find Aldridge's comments totally understandable - maybe even restrained. Tom Daley may have qualified for the Olympics on merit, but is a 14 year-old really able to perform in the Olympic atmosphere? If someone stuck me in a pairs event with one I'd be devastated.

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